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  • DHS Seeks Comments on USCIS Form 41 (12/29/2005)
    DHS gives 45-day notice of information collection under review for USCIS Form 41, Application for Change or Extension of Nonimmigrant Status for H-1B. Comments due 2/13/06. (70 FR 77172, 12/29/05) AILA Doc No. 05122965.
    AILA Doc. No. 05122965.
  • DHS Seeks Comments on USCIS Form 3 (12/29/2005)
    DHS gives 45-day notice of information collection under review for USCIS Form 3. Comments due 2/13/06. (70 FR 77172, 12/29/05) AILA Doc. No. 05122964.
    AILA Doc. No. 05122964.
  • DHS Seeks Comments on USCIS Form 60 (12/29/2005)
    DHS gives 45-day notice of information collection under review for USCIS Form 60, Petition for Temporary Worker--H-1B Cap. Comments due 2/13/06. (70 FR 77173, 12/29/05) AILA Doc. No. 05122963.
    AILA Doc. No. 05122963.
  • DHS Seeks Comments on USCIS Form 2 (12/29/2005)
    DHS gives 45-day notice of information collection under review for USCIS Form 2, Employer Registration. Comments due 2/13/06. (70 FR 77174, 12/29/05) AILA Doc. No. 05122962.
    AILA Doc. No. 05122962.
  • DHS Seeks Comments on USCIS Form I-1 (12/29/2005)
    DHS gives 45-day notice of information collection under review for USCIS Form I-1. Comments due 2/13/06. (70 FR 77171, 12/29/05). AILA Doc. No. 05122961.
    AILA Doc. No. 05122961.
  • DHS Corrects Earlier Notice on Chicago Lockbox Filings (12/9/2005)
    DHS corrects and clarifies its 11/19/04 notice regarding certain Chicago Lockbox filings in the Direct Mail Program. (70 FR 73254, 12/09/05) AILA Doc. No. 05120966.
    AILA Doc. No. 05120966.
  • DHS Requests Comments on I-212 Information Collection Request (11/28/2005)
    DHS extends comment period on information collection request regarding Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission Into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal. Comments due 12/28/05. (70 FR 71328, 11/28/05) AILA Doc. No. 05112862.
    AILA Doc. No. 05112862.
  • USCIS Provides Regulatory Relief for Students Affected by Katrina (11/28/2005)
    USCIS suspends certain limitations on employment, and provides authorization to reduce course load, for F-1 students enrolled at specified educational institutions affected by Hurricane Katrina. (70 FR 70992, 11/25/05) AILA Doc. No. 05112861.
    AILA Doc. No. 05112861.
  • DHS Final Rule Amends Lists of Officials Authorized to Perform Enforcement Functions (11/4/2005)
    DHS final rule amends various lists of DHS officials authorized to perform certain immigration enforcement functions, including making administrative arrests for immigration violations, making custody determinations and more. (70 FR 67087, 11/4/05) AILA Doc. No. 05110465
    AILA Doc. No. 05110465.
  • Department of Homeland Security Publishes Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda(1137 KB - 11/1/2005)
    DHS published its semi-annual regulatory agenda that outlines current and projected rulemaking efforts by the Department and provides an estimated timetable for each item. Included are regulatory agendas for USCIS, CBP, and ICE. (70 FR 64630, 10/31/05) AILA Document Number 05110116.
    AILA Doc. No. 05110116.
  • DHS Clarifies Prior Notice on Fee Increase (10/26/2005)
    DHS clarifies its 9/26/05 notice on the fee increase, amending footnote``6'' to state specifically that it refers to both Form N- 600 and Form N-600K. (70 FR 61831 , 10/26/05) AILA Doc. No. 05102663.
    AILA Doc. No. 05102663.
  • DHS Interim Rule Establishes Procedures for Implementing Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act (10/12/2005)
    DHS interim rule establishes uniform administrative procedures for DHS to implement the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act of 1986, imposing penalties against certain persons making false claims or statements to DHS and/or other federal agencies. (70 FR 59209, 10/12/05) AILA Doc. No. 05101263.
    AILA Doc. No. 05101263.
  • DHS Gives Notice of Revised & Updated IDMS System of Records (10/6/2005)
    DHS Office of Inspector General gives notice of a revised and updated system of records titled, "Investigations Data Management System (IDMS)." Comments due 11/7/05. (70 FR 58448, 10/6/05) AILA Doc. No. 05100565.
    AILA Doc. No. 05100565.
  • DHS Requests Comments on I-212 Information Collection Request (9/28/2005)
    DHS extends comment period on information collection request regarding Form I-212. Comments due 11/25/05. (70 FR 56181, 9/26/05) AILA Doc. No. 05092863.
    AILA Doc. No. 05092863.
  • DHS Requests Comments on I-905 Information Collection Request (9/28/2005)
    DHS extends comment period on information collection request regarding form I-905. Comments due 11/25/05. (70 FR 56181, 9/26/05) AILA Doc. No. 05092862.
    AILA Doc. No. 05092862.
  • DHS Extends Comment Period for N-445 Information Collection Request (9/28/2005)
    DHS extends comment period regarding information collection request for Form N-445. Comments due10/26/05. (70 FR 56180, 9/26/05) AILA Doc. No. 05092861.
    AILA Doc. No. 05092861.
  • DHS Extends Comment Period for I-590 Information Collection Request (9/28/2005)
    DHS extends comment period on information collection request regarding Form I-590. Comments due 10/26/05. (70 FR 56181, 9/26/05) AILA Doc. No. 05092860.
    AILA Doc. No. 05092860.
  • USCIS to Increase Filing Fees (9/23/2005)
    USCIS announces filing fee increases by amounts ranging from $5 to $20. The new fees take effect October 26, 2005. AILA Doc. No. 05092363.
    AILA Doc. No. 05092363.
  • DHS Waives Certain Laws & Regulations to Complete Barriers Along International Border in California (9/22/2005)
    DHS Secretary Chertoff waives certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements in order to complete construction of fences and roads along the international land border of the U.S. in California as prescribed in the 1996 IIRIRA. (70 FR 55622, 9/22/05) AILA Doc. No. 05092266.
    AILA Doc. No. 05092266.
  • DHS Identifies New POEs for US-VISIT Implementation (9/14/2005)
    DHS identifies additional POEs that will begin processing alien individuals in US-VISIT in 2005. Start dates vary, but all listed POEs will begin biometric data collection as part of US-VISIT processing no later than December 31, 2005. (70 FR 54398, 9/14/05) AILA Doc. No. 05091461.
    AILA Doc. No. 05091461.
  • Extension of TPS for Sudan (9/2/2005)
    DHS has extended for 18 months the designation of Sudan for TPS, until May 2, 2007. The re-registration period ends on November 1, 2005. (70 F.R. 52429, 9/2/05) AILA Doc. No. 05090263.
    AILA Doc. No. 05090263.
  • Extension of TPS for Burundi (9/2/2005)
    DHS has extended for 12 months the designation of Burundi for TPS, until November 2, 2006. The re-registration period ends on November 1, 2005. (70 F.R. 52425, 9/2/05) AILA Doc. No. 05090262.
    AILA Doc. No. 05090262.
  • CBP and DOS Issue Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Passport Requirements (9/1/2005)
    CBP and DOS invite comments on implementation of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Action of 2004 requirement that, by 1/1/08, U.S. citizens and nonimmigrants may enter the U.S. only with passports or such alternatives as designated by DHS. (70 FR 52037, 9/1/05) AILA Doc. No. 05090160
    AILA Doc. No. 05090160.
  • USCIS Adjusts Filing Fees for AAO Appeals and MTRs (8/29/2005)
    USCIS adjusts filing fees for appeals of, and motions to reopen or reconsider, any decision under immigration laws in any proceedings other than BIA appeals under 8 CFR 1003.1(b). This fee adjustment applies to the types of cases under AAO jurisdiction. (70 FR 50954, 8/29/05) AILA Doc. No. 05082966
    AILA Doc. No. 05082966.
  • Extension of TPS for Liberia and Correction (8/16/2005)
    USCIS notice and correction on the extension of TPS designation for Liberia for 12 months, until 10/1/06. The 60-day re-registration period begins 8/16/05 and will remain in effect until 10/17/05. (70 FR 50392, 8/26/05) (70 FR 48176, 8/16/05) AILA Doc. No. 05081670.
    AILA Doc. No. 05081670.
  • DHS Proposes to Close Noyes, MN POE & Extend Limits of Pembina, ND POE (8/15/2005)
    DHS announces the proposed closure of the port of entry of Noyes, Minnesota, and extension of the limits of the port of entry of Pembina, North Dakota, to include the rail facilities located at Noyes. Comments due 10/11/05. (70 FR 4 7151 , 8/12/05) AILA Doc. No. 05081570.
    AILA Doc. No. 05081570.
  • DHS Announces Upcoming Closure of ABC Project Post Office Box (8/5/2005)
    Effective 10/4/05, USCIS will no longer accept change of address forms sent to the ABC Project Post Office Box in Washington, D.C. by class members of American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh (70 FR 45410, 8/5/05) AILA Doc. No. 05080564.
    AILA Doc. No. 05080564.
  • DHS Expands Second Phase of US-VISIT (8/4/2005)
    DHS expands the second phase of the US-VISIT program, establishing at 5 ports of entry limited testing using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to automatically document the exits and any subsequent re-entries of nonimmigrant travelers. (70 FR 44934, 8/4/05) AILA Doc. No 05080410.
    AILA Doc. No. 05080410.
  • Extension of TPS Designation for Somalia (7/29/2005)
    With TPS designation for Somalia set to expire next month, USCIS extends this designation for one year, until September 17, 2006. The re-registration deadline is September 27, 2005. (70 FR 43895, 7/29/05) AILA Doc. No. 05072964.
    AILA Doc. No. 05072964.
  • DHS Proposes Removal of ASVI System of Records (7/15/2005)
    DHS provides notice that it proposes to remove one system of records, ASVI, from its inventory of record systems because ASVI functions have been absorbed into a newer, modernized system of records. (70 FR 41050, 7/15/05) AILA Doc. No. 05071465.
    AILA Doc. No. 05071465.
  • DHS Publishes Notice of Privacy Impact Assessment on US-VISIT Radio Frequency Technology Testing (7/7/2005)
    US-VISIT is revising its PIA to discuss the impact of a proof of concept to verify the utility of Radio Frequency Identification technology to automatically, passively, and remotely record the entry and exit of covered individuals. (70 FR 39300, 7/7/05) AILA Doc. No. 05070765.
    AILA Doc. No. 05070765.
  • Extension of EADs for Nicaraguan and Honduran TPS Beneficiaries (7/7/2005)
    USCIS extends the validity of EADs issued to Honduran and Nicaraguan TPS beneficiaries for an additional 90 days, from 7/5/05 until 10/5/05. (70 FR 39325, 7/7/05) AILA Doc. No. 05070762.
    AILA Doc. No. 05070762.
  • DHS Announces Intentions to Modify US-VISIT To Conduct Biometrics Technology Testing (6/16/2005)
    DHS announces intentions to modify the US-VISIT program to conduct a live test of the technology required to read biometrically enabled travel documents. (70 FR 35110, 6/16/05) AILA Doc. No. 05061666.
    AILA Doc. No. 05061666.
  • DHS Final Rule on Registered Travelers Operations Files and the Privacy Act (6/8/2005)
    DHS implements final rule that exempts Registered Travelers Operations Files from selected provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974. (70 FR 33383, 6/8/05) AILA Doc. No. 05060864.
    AILA Doc. No. 05060864.
  • USCIS Expands Direct Mail Program to Include I-90s (5/27/2005)
    USCIS expands the Direct Mail Program is expanded to include rocessing of applications to renew or replace Permanent Resident Cards. Effective 5/31/05, form I-90 must be filed at a designated lock-box facility for initial processing. (70 FR 30768, 5/27/05) AILA Doc. No. 05052760.
    AILA Doc. No. 05052760.
  • DHS Publishes Semiannual Regulatory Agenda (5/16/2005)
    DHS publishes semiannual summary of all current and projected rulemakings, reviews of existing regulations, and completed actions of the agency and its component divisions. (70 FR 26892, 5/16/05) AILA Doc. No. 05051667.
    AILA Doc. No. 05051667.
  • USCIS Publishes Notice of Request for Revised I-90 Instructions and Procedures (5/12/2005)
    USCIS information collection request providing new instructions on where to file I-90 forms, the filing of biometric fees, and the requirement of applicants to appear at Application Support Centers. Comments are due on or before 7/11/05. (70 FR 24834, 5/11/05) AILA Doc. No. 05051262.
    AILA Doc. No. 05051262.
  • USCIS Publishes Regulations on Allocation of Additional H-1B Visas (5/5/2005)
    USCIS regulation providing instructions on filing for the new 20,000 H-1Bs pursuant to the H-1B Visa Reform Act of 2004, and procedures for allocation of these new visas in FY05 and in future years, commencing in FY06. (70 FR 23775, 5/5/05) AILA Doc. No. 05050518.
    AILA Doc. No. 05050518.
  • DHS Proposes to Amend Petitioning Requirements for O and P Nonimmigrant Classifications (4/28/2005)
    DHS proposed rule amends petitioning requirements for O and P nonimmigrant classifications, allowing an O or P petitioner to file an I-129 up to one year, but not earlier than 6 months, before the date of the petitioner's need for the alien's services. (70 FR 21983, 4/28/05) AILA Doc. No. 05042840.
    AILA Doc. No. 05042840.
  • DHS Interim Rule Classifies Certain CIS Scientists as Employment-Based Immigrants (4/25/2005)
    DHS interim rule changing the Soviet Scientists Immigration Act of 1992 to allot visas to eligible scientists or engineers from the Commonwealth of Independent States with expertise in nuclear, chemical, biological and other high-tech fields. (70 FR 21129, 4/25/05) AILA Doc. No. 05042560.
    AILA Doc. No. 05042560.
  • DHS Seeks to Exempt Portions of New Operations Center Database From Certain Privacy Act Provisions (4/19/2005)
    DHS proposed rule seeks to exempt portions of its new system of records, the Homeland Security Operations Center Database, from certain provisions of the Privacy Act because of criminal, civil and administrative enforcement requirements. (70 FR 20061, 4/18/05) AILA Doc. No. 05041963.
    AILA Doc. No. 05041963.
  • DHS Proposes to Add Homeland Security Operations Center Database (4/19/2005)
    DHS proposes a new system of records, the Homeland Security Operations Center Database. The new system covers a variety of persons, including those associated with DHS or linked in any way to suspected terrorists. (70 FR 20156, 4/18/05) AILA Doc. No. 05041962.
    AILA Doc. No. 05041962.
  • DHS Proposes New System of Records Entitled "Audit Training Tracking System" (4/19/2005)
    DHS Office of Inspector General gives notice of proposal to establish a new system of records entitled, "Audit Training Tracking System,'' in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974. Comments due by 5/18/05. (70 FR 20154, 4/18/05) AILA Doc. No. 05041961.
    AILA Doc. No. 05041961.
  • USCIS Requests Emergency Clearance of Old I-129 From OMB (4/20/2005)
    USCIS requests from OMB emergency clearance of the 12/10/01 version of Form I-129 to run concurrent with the new amended version until 4/30/05. After that date, the new version will be the only one approved for use. Comments due to OMB 4/30/05. (70 FR 20590, 4/20/05) AILA Doc. No. 05042060.
    AILA Doc. No. 05042060.
  • CBP Requires Electronic Submission of Commercial Vessel & Aircraft Manifests Prior to US Arrival or Departure (4/7/2005)
    CBP final rule requires electronic submission of manifest information for passengers and crew members onboard commercial vessels and aircraft, before arrival in or departure from the US. (70 FR 17819, 4/7/05) AILA Doc. No. 05040773.
    AILA Doc. No. 05040773.
  • CBP Publishes Privacy Impact Assessment & Privacy Policy on the Advanced Passenger Information System (4/7/2005)
    CBP publishes a privacy impact assessment and privacy policy concerning the Advanced Passenger Information System. Written comments due by 5/9/05. (70 FR 17857, 4/7/05) AILA Doc. No. 05040772.
    AILA Doc. No. 05040772.
  • USCIS Seeks Comments on Information Collection Request for Special Immigrant Fourth Preference Employment-Based Broadcasters (3/23/2005)
    USCIS announces it has submitted an information collection request regarding Special Immigrant Fourth Preference Employment-Based Broadcasters for review and clearance. Comments due by 5/23/05. (70 FR 14707, 3/23/05) AILA Doc. No. 05032375.
    AILA Doc. No. 05032375.
  • USCIS Seeks Comments on I-485 Information Collection Request (3/23/2005)
    USCIS announces it has submitted an information collection request regarding I-485s for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until 5/23/05. (70 FR 14707, 3/23/05) AILA Doc. No. 05032374.
    AILA Doc. No. 05032374.
  • USCIS Reopens & Extends I-687 Information Collection Comment Period (3/23/2005)
    USCIS information collection request to OMB regarding form I-687 previously published on 3/24/04 allowed for a 60-day public comment period. As no comments were received, the comment period has been reopened and extended until 4/22/05. (70 FR 14706, 3/23/05) AILA Doc. No. 05032373.
    AILA Doc. No. 05032373.
  • ICE to Add SEVIS to DHS' Inventory of Records Systems (3/22/2005)
    ICE gives notice that it proposes to add the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to DHS' inventory of record systems. Comments due by 4/21/05. (70 FR 14477, 3/22/05) AILA Doc. No. 05032265.
    AILA Doc. No. 05032265.
  • DHS Seeks to Exempt Portions of SEVIS from Parts of Privacy Act (3/22/2005)
    DHS proposed rule to exempt portions of SEVIS from one or more provisions of the Privacy Act because of criminal, civil and administrative enforcement requirements. Comments due by 4/21/05. (70 FR 14427, 3/22/05) AILA Doc. No. 05032263.
    AILA Doc. No. 05032263.
  • DHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule on H-2B Uniform Review Process (3/10/2005)
    DHS extends the comment period for the proposed rule providing for a uniform review process governing H-2B petitions. Comments due by 4/8/05. (70 FR 11585, 3/9/05) AILA Doc. No. 05031071.
    AILA Doc. No. 05031071.
  • CBP Regulations Amended to Implement Customs-Related Provisions of the US-Chile Free Trade Agreement (3/8/2005)
    CBP regulations have been amended on an interim basis in order to implement customs-related provisions of the US-Chile Free Trade Agreement. Comments due 6/6/05. (70 FR 10868, 3/7/05) AILA Doc. No. 05030860.
    AILA Doc. No. 05030860.
  • CBP Publishes Final Rule on Administrative Forfeiture Notices (2/23/2005)
    The final rule raises the value of seized property for which CBP must publish a forfeiture notice in a newspaper from $2,500 to $5,000. (70 FR 8509, 2/22/05) AILA Doc. No. 05022363.
    AILA Doc. No. 05022363.
  • DHS Publishes Proposed Regulations with Major Changes to the H-2B Process (1/27/2005)
    DHS and DOL concurrently published rules changing the H-2B petition process to make it a “one-step.” The proposed rules require electronic filing and eliminate the labor cert. application requirement. DOL will retain audit authority and responsibility. (70 FR 3983, 1/27/05) AILA Doc. No. 05012768.
    AILA Doc. No. 05012768.
  • Extension of TPS for El Salvador (Updated 1/13/05) (1/7/2005)
    The 60 day re-registration period begins 1/7/05 and ends 3/8/05. The DHS notice provides instructions for re-registration, including the new filing process with designated USCIS Lockbox addresses or e-filing. Only the 11/5/04 revised form I-821 accepted. (70 FR 1450, 1/7/05) AILA Doc. No. 05010760.
    AILA Doc. No. 05010760.
  • ICE/EOIR Final Rule on Countries to Which Foreign Nationals May Be Removed (1/5/2005)
    Joint ICE/EOIR final rule providing new procedures for designation and determination of a country for removal, acceptance by a country is not required, and the determination of a "country" does not require the existence or functionality of a government. (70 FR 661, 1/5/05)
    AILA Doc. No. 05010561.